With the Australian outback circa 1880s serving as the backdrop, comes the story of the Burns Brother gang. Charlie is given nine days to kill his psychopathic brother otherwise his younger mentally slowly brother will be hung. On Christmas Day.
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Very entertaining and VERY VERY beautiful visually (wasn't at all expecting that), but it felt as if it was just missing something. Wasn't crazy about the ending either, it felt incomplete, and the plot was at times a bit weird.
A brutally volatile story that contrasts against a beautifully unforgiving landscape. Deliberately paced, fantastically acted and beautifully written, its a crime that The Proposition doesn't get more of the attention and credit it deserves. A western worthy of being in the same league as Sergio Leone.
A beautiful if talky western of the violent, anti-variety. Notice however that there are errors in the synopsis? Three Burns brothers, not four. The music by Nick Cave much more commanding than his script, but John Hillcoat's direction is superb. Stellar performances by Guy Pearce, Richard Wilson and Danny Huston as the Burns and lovely photography by Benoît Delhomme.
On one hand there is: Toughness. Death. Blood. Violence. Pain. Brutality. Insanity. Immorality. Disgust. On the other hand there is: Softness. Peace. Silence. Nature. Landscape. Sun. Heat. Dust. Flies. The blend of these elements & the switch from sentimentalism to sudden violence and vice versa keeps you going. Very good acting performances on all levels. An impressive movie. Masterpiece.
I dont even know what to say about this movie... Stunning screenplay from nick cave, the soundtrack is amazing, Guy Pierce has a scary good performance, the Australian landscape is drop dead beautiful and John Hillcoat manages to surprise me yet again with another masterpiece.
Forfeiting the American frontier for the Australian outback, this might be one of the greatest Westerns ever made. Lyrical and brutal, it takes its cues from the likes of Peckinpah, Leone and Roeg. A powerful slice of cinema depicting civilisation's advance into the wild and the violent and somewhat foolish struggle to suppress man's primal instincts with refined customs and conventions. 4.5